Ponoka wins in overtime during initiation tournament

Ponoka Minor Hockey’s initiation team had a fun tournament over the weekend defeating Blackfalds Team 1 by 7-6 in overtime.

Ponoka Minor Hockey’s initiation team had a fun tournament over the weekend defeating Blackfalds Team 1 by 7-6 in overtime.

Ponoka Mites coach Koman Busat said the game was a barnburner game with relatively few points scored — for the age group — on either side. He said Ponoka was up 6-5 at the end of the third period and expected to win but Blackfalds tied it up with seconds left in regular time.

“It was good. The crowds were just crazy,” said Busat.

The Mites took on Blackfalds in overtime and just over a minute in Ponoka scored, securing the tournament win.

“They had a blast,” said Busat of the weekend.

He said the goal of the tournament is to give the players a fun weekend and to continue to develop their skills. While coaches work on improving their skating, they are also showing them the value of teamwork and passing to players.

There are 13 kids on the Ponoka Mites team who played against seven other teams. Ponoka remained undefeated beating Lacombe White 9-5 on Saturday, Jan. 24 and winning 9-7 the next day against Blackfalds Team 2.